Posts tagged ‘Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf’

April 30, 2011

President of Yemen promptly executes 12 protestors after promise of immunity for war crimes by European Union

[Timothy Wills, Middle East and Africa News Contributor]

EU Observer: From the ‘poisoned chalice’ of the sanctioning of the deployment of cancer-causing depleted uranium ordinance in Libya in support of the rebels, to the endorsement of a plan proposed by the Gulf Co-operation Council (‘GCC‘) to give the Yemeni president, Ali Abdallah Saleh, immunity from prosecution for war crimes, the EU’s bumbling diplomacy is proving to be a disaster in the Middle East.

A glaring recent example, is that  shortly after the endorsement by the EU of the immunity plan for the Yemeni president, whose forces have taken more than 100 lives since the conflicts began, his forces promptly shot 12 protestors and injured more than 100.  Notwithstanding, the EU has said that the deaths do not change its position. However, international human rights groups are saying that the deal for the Yemeni president will be a bad example for other world dictators.

Under the GCC plan, Saleh will enjoy total immunity from any prosecution for wrongdoings if he goes in 30 days, arranges new presidential elections two months thereafter and arranges for more power to be given to opposition activists in a newly formed national unity government.

April 24, 2011

President of Yemen caves in, but asks for immunity from punishment

[Aziza Sourris, Middle East News Contributor]

The New York Times: It seems that peoples’ power in Yemen has achieved a final victory as it incumbent embattled president, Ali Abdullah Saleh,  has announced that  he will step  down after 32 years of single leadership in exchange for being granted immunity from prosecution.

However political observers are trying to make out whether the decision was made under the pressure from the public or as a cunning move to lay the responsibility for the political turmoil ‘on the opposition’s shoulders’.

One of the conditions for stepping down requires the opposition party to stop the street demonstrations and join the ruling party of the president so as to form a coalition government. However, the leader of the opposition, Yassin Saeed Noman, said that he could not ‘force protesters from the streets’ and has not agreed join ranks with the party of the president.

The government, in turn, rejected the opposition’s offer to allow Mr. Saleh’s party to rule for a while until he quits the post and then ‘join a power-sharing government’, saying that the US (who is particularly concerned about certain extra- violent Al-Quaeda branches known to be based in the country) and the EU, as well as the Saudi-led Gulf Cooperation Council were behind the offer.

March 16, 2011

Gulf states and Saudi Arabia unite against ‘pro democracy’ uprisings in Bahrain

Following the recent killings of a soldier belonging to Saudi forces brought in to aid the government’s battle against the country’s pro-democracy protestors, Bahrain’s king has put the country in a state of emergency.

Last Sunday, pro-democracy demonstrators in their thousands had sealed off Bahrain’s financial center and 200 or so people had been injured by the military’s use of tear gas and clubs. This led the king to give Bahrain’s military unrestricted powers to quell the Shiite-led ‘pro-democracy’ protests which are threatening to oust the incumbent Sunni monarchy.

Saudi Arabia and Gulf states send in military aid and troops to quell the Bahraini ‘pro-democracy’ movement

Gulf leaders, including Saudi Arabia’s rulers have been encouraging the Bahraini king to remain steadfast as there is fear that Shite gains in Bahrain would fuel uprisings in other Gulf states where the Sunnis are in ascendancy.  Recent violent clashes have resulted in a 24-year-old protester, Ahmed Farhan, being shot in the head and killed whilst many others suffered severe injuries from shotgun rounds and clubs used by the authorities.

Press TV reports that Saudi Arabia and many other Gulf states are stepping up military aid including troops to Bahrain to assist the Bahraini monarchy to defeat the pro-democracy protestors. This happened after the day that the U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates had visited the country.

[Middle East Contributor]